Sunday, March 28, 2010

Two Different Orchids


Asian Corsage Orchid
Cymbidium Mother's RubyDehlia
(sim-BID-ee-um)
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Cymbidium Orchids are easy to grow and put on a nice show when flowering. They like to be kept moist and in a partial shady location but do need some light. Generally they seem to like a little coolness especially at night to start flowering. I have found repotting every couple of years is helpful. If you are successful these types can get quite large and often have a big spike of long lasting flowers. This shot is from the 2010 NYC Orchid Show.

Vanda Pakchong Blue "Ben"
(VAN-duh)
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To me Vanda Orchids are some of the most dramatic both for the size of the flowers and the colors that they come in. A blue or purple Orchid always looks good to me and the spotted patterns are always nice to look at. This particular Vanda was really nice to see and marvel at. The almost black labellum was amazing. Vandas are easy to grow and I think the key is mimicking the conditions of their home in the tropics during June to September. This means a lot of sun and water almost every day. The plants will often reward you with several flower spikes of long lasting blooms.


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14 comments:

Naturegirl said...

love the rich clor of the purple one...orchids are a unique flower!

Self Sagacity said...

the blue flower is just so beautiful. It took my breath away.

Regina said...

Wow love the orchids.
Simply amazing! Thank you for sharing.
Happy spring.

Randi said...

What a great post. I love orchids! These are so beautiful - I have never seen the blue one.

chubskulit said...

Lovely!

Wandering Jew

Kathy said...

I've always wanted to try orchids but living in this dry climate I think I'd be wandering around with a spray bottle in my hand all day long and would never get anything else accomplished!

I really thought ranunculus would grow almost anywhere. A couple years ago the corms were difficult to find but this year they are abundant. I guess it's like when oranges get hit by freeze in Florida, the next season you pay dearly!

Thanks for visiting my place.

Carver said...

Both of the orchids are so beautiful. The shade of the purple on the second is amazing with those lighter flecks.

Carolina Mountains said...

Love the purple color. We lived in FL for years and had orchids but then everything is easy to grow there!

Denise said...

Gorgeous shots and gorgeous flowers. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

SandyCarlson said...

Dramatic colors is right. These are amazing--marvelous.

Carletta said...

Lovely orchids! The purple really is a beatiful color - nice macro!
I've never grown them. I have always tended to believe they are hard to grow. The more I see in this meme the more I want to try.
Thanks for sharing your success.

Cher' Shots said...

your flowers are beautiful ~ I'm especially fond of "blue ben"

Arija said...

What a delicious colour the blue orchid has. Is the colour a brilliant in nature as in the photo?

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks for the comments. Yes, Arija, that is the natural color.